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Who is Rand Paul and why does he deserve my vote?

December 25, 2009

Me with Dr. Paul after a Senate Candidate forum in Kentucky

Surely there’s no one among us who doubts the importance of the upcoming elections. With Time Magazine dubbing the 2000’s the “Decade from Hell”, it’s vital that we get leadership in Washington that will change our current path. Over 65% of the nation seems to believe we are on the wrong track, according to Rasmussen Reports. We’ve lost our way. 2010 is our chance to get it back. Sadly, our nation has been submerged in a deep partisan divide of blaming the other side for our current struggles. Rasmussen also shows that 51% of American’s believe the poor economy is George W. Bush’s fault and 41% believe the fault lies on President Barack Obama. Here’s a quote from Rasmussen’s story:

“The partisan divide is perhaps predictable. Eighty-four percent (84%) of Democrats say Bush is primarily to blame for the bad economy. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans think Obama’s policies are more at fault, a view shared by 50% of voters not affiliated with either party.”

It’s a classic split and one that appears to be getting worse. Unfortunately, our “public servants” in Washington aren’t helping the matter, and we the people aren’t helping by sending the same old guys (and gals) to do the same old job. The party establishment is no longer working. This has been happening for far too long. Partisan hacks who only seek re-election instead of looking after constituents are ruining this country and it’s time to stop it. As Thomas Jefferson penned in the Declaration of Independence back in 1776:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”

The long train of abuses and usurpations has been chugging along for far too long. Now it is our right and our duty to throw off such Government and to provide new guards for our future security. Enter Rand Paul.

These guys certainly wouldn't "fit in" in Washington these days.

I first met Rand at an event in Harrodsburg right outside of Lexington. Being a “Rand Paul” event, he was of course the man of the hour. I had brought a couple of friends from UK and was excited to hear him speak for the first time in person. However I was shocked when Campaign Manager David Adams introduced me to him and he was kind enough to talk for a few minutes. In any of my meetings with him after that, including a lunch with him and other Rand Paul workers following a Town Hall, I’ve seen something out of him that I haven’t seen from any other politician–he’s an ordinary, down to earth guy. Many people will dismiss the importance of this in their critique of a candidate. “Who cares how “nice” he is, as long as he gets the job done, right?” Wrong. I’ve always considered this trait in a candidate of the upmost importance. As our “public servants”, don’t you agree that our politicians should be honest, humble and most importantly–represent the people? These are qualities that seem to be seriously lacking in Washington, as wealthy men born into rich families, given education at Ivy League Schools and basically anointed to political office seem to dominate the landscape in our nation’s capital. Do these people actually represent the people? Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington and Hamilton set up our Government so that men would be judged based on what they did, not who their parents were (which was a good thing, since none of them came from the “elite” class). I want my representative to represent me, not use this as a launching pad for his ambitions. I see this in Rand Paul. This ophthalmologist isn’t entering into politics because he wants to be a career politician, but shows a sincere desire to fix our countries problems with practical solutions. I know this because he supports term-limits on Congressman to two terms and promises he will only stay two terms if he is elected. Here is a man that will not serve his own interests and those of his career, but the interest of the people.

I’m not really sure how an eye-doctor can understand law better than lawyers, but that certainly seems to be the case. For some reason, following this document strictly has been seen by some to be “kooky”. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights is our law and what we live by. You’d think it would be a simple guide to live-by to be sure that neither Congress, nor the President, nor the Judiciary, nor the people got out of hand. Not only that, but you’d think we’d want to cling to anything our Founding Fathers (some guys that knew a thing or two about oppressive Governments) had to say. The Constitution isn’t a “guide” for us to live by, but an essential law to be sure Government doesn’t veer off track, and according to recent polls, it appears that ship has sailed. Maybe we should try to get back on track by electing leaders in our country who, not only follow the Constitution, but actually care what it has to say:

A rather impressive display from Madame Speaker there, huh? I’m not sure I wouldn’t do a better job as Speaker of the House than Nancy Pelosi. Is it so hard, in this day and age, that the people could expect their elected leaders to actually follow the oath they took to “Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States of America.” Rand Paul won’t have to be reminded of his oath. He’s promised to understand every bill and will not vote for it if it is not Constitutional. A simple pledge, really, that maybe would have stopped the the Healthcare Bill from passing had our current leaders have had the same thoughts. With Rand Paul in the United States Senate, I take comfort in knowing that he will fight for our Constitution and will “protect and defend it” like he promised on the day of his inauguration.

The cornerstone of the American Republic is the boot the people out who don’t care about our values and don’t follow our beliefs. Every election cycle, we have the opportunity to show our displeasure with our previously elected leaders and put them in the unemployment line (Hopefully Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are about to feel what it really feels like to be unemployed soon). So, the question becomes: what do we believe in and does Rand Paul have those same values and beliefs? So, let’s hit the polls.

  • 66% of Americans favor smaller Government with fewer services, lower taxes.
  • 79% of Americans favor Auditing the Fed
  • 76% of Americans Prefer the Free Market Economy
  • Only 40% of America supports Healthcare Overhaul

I guess you could say these are “my values”. Now survey yourself. Do you, like most of the Country, believe in these ideas? Now, if you’re a Kentuckian, quickly look at a list of US Senate Candidates, Republican and Democrat. Which one would you say best represents these values? Its got to be Rand Paul. Him being a physician himself, he knows the potential effect of this Healthcare legislation and has already done what he can to fight it by holding Town-hall forums and giving his practical solutions. I would be willing to bet that you can’t listen to him speak without hearing the words “Free-Market” or “Less-Government”. Rand Paul is in touch with the values and beliefs of Kentuckians and those of Americans. This attribute is a must for any Senate candidate I vote for. Clearly, the people of Kentucky agree, as Rand Paul continues to dominate polls, leaving his opponents trailing far behind.

I can tell you that I haven’t always supported Rand. But after hearing him speak, I knew that his down-to-earth demeanor, promise to follow the Constitution and sharing of my values made him the candidate for me. If these things aren’t true for you: if you want to be continually shielded from the dirty politics in Washington and continue sending the same establishment picks who don’t care about your values but only their political gain and continue to allow these politicians to ignore the oath they took to protect and defend the Constitution, then I’m sure there plenty of picks for you. (In fact, I know there is)

But…..if you’re tired of everybody blaming everyone else and want to see a man stand up for you and your beliefs and give real, practical solutions instead of just blaming the other side and you’re tired of our elected leaders ignoring the Constitution and taxing not only us, but our children and our children’s children and if you’re tired of fiscal irresponsibility and politicians infringing on our personal liberty– don’t you think it’s time to do something about it? Do yourself a favor and listen to Rand Paul. This is Rand Paul. This is why he deserves your vote.

(Excuse it being a tad out-dated. It was intended for the August 20th MoneyBomb)

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4 Comments
  1. Rand Paul’s libertarian views won’t win out in the general election. I’m supporting Bill Johnson, the Reagan conservative, non-establishment candidate for Senate. Rand Paul’s position on abortion is utterly incompetent. A new poll shows Bill Johnson leading among women statewide. The more his candidacy becomes known, the more Kentuckians will be getting behind him. I’m also hopeful for a Palin endorsement considering his appeal among women and the fact that his views are closest to hers among the three leading candidates.

  2. Luke permalink

    Lisa you are just shilling for Bill Johnson.. everyone can see right through you.

  3. BJ is a typical GOP’er, Lisa. Sorry. Most of us are done with typical. Move along now.

  4. Lisa….why would an endorsement for a person that didn’t fulfill their service to those that elected them and nominated a Planned Parenthood board member to the Alaska Supreme Court be a good thing???

    Speaking of Regan, I love his quote on why we really need Libertarians in DC stating, “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”

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